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September 23rd REX FOUNDATION Black Tie-Dye Ball

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Founded in 1984 by the Grateful Dead, the Rex Foundation celebrates the magical combination of music, community, creativity and joyful spirit . This is the third Black Tie-Dye Ball the Rex Foundation has presented with Dark Star Orchestra. We began this now burgeoning tradition in Chicago on March 6, 2004, then in Washington, D.C. on December 3, 2005. The next installment will be on September 23rd, 2006 in Denver at The Fillmore Auditorium.

We look forward to another great Saturday night with Dark Star Orchestra as we celebrate and support Denver's enterprise and community spirit. Proceeds from the event will support local non-profit programs.

ABOUT DARK STAR ORCHESTRA:

There are a lot of cover bands around and a lot of those are Grateful Dead cover bands. You've seen them, they're good. Most include the music of Jerry Garcia, Bobby Weir et al with other cover songs and some originals mixed in. DSO is a different breed of "Dead" band. What Dark Star Orchestra does is recreate the Grateful Dead. Not with hippie wigs and fake beards but through the live music. They play the setlist song for song in the same arrangements used by the Dead members of that period. When you're at a DSO show you may really be in the Providence Civic Center back in May of '81. Or you could even be at the 1973 Denver Coliseum show listening to Weather Report Suite. Who knows?

Actually no one does and that's part of the trip. The date of the show to be recreated is kept secret right up till the performance. Oh, there are clues (the number and placement of microphones, the keyboard setup, a midi guitar) and the secret becomes part of a game. Usually the audience in front starts throwing out guesses toward the end of the first set. The wiser observer waits for the start of the second set to venture a showdate. Sometimes a curious look comes over the faces of the audience as they realize, "Hey! I was at this show!" followed by a smile as they realize...they're at the show again! Remember: This is an exhibition, not a competition. So please....no wagering! The original showdate, for those who are DEADBASE-impaired, is announced at the end of the night usually followed by an extended encore of the band's choosing.

rexThe Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.

Join the Rex Foundation at the Black Tie-Dye Ball, celebrating the magical combination of music, community, creativity and joyful spirit. Proceeds support local non-profit programs.

Concert-only tickets are $26.00 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com and "Mile High" Premium Seating Tickets ($125) and "Summit" Front and Center Tickets ($300) which both include the Pre-Concert Reception with the Artists and dinner, are available on the Rex Foundation web site. For more information, go to www.rexfoundation.org or call 415-561-3135.

dsoThe Rex Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable organization established in 1983 by friends and members of the Grateful Dead, has been aiding in building stronger communities, promoting individuality in the arts, helping secure a more healthy environment, and protecting the rights of indigenous people for twenty-one years. Their fundraising began in 1984 with the Grateful Dead performing "Rex" benefit concerts. Over the course of 11 years, the Grateful Dead raised $7 million which reached 900 programs. In December 2001, the Rex Foundation launched its renewal efforts by presenting fundraising events in the Bay Area and in other cities across the country, and has since granted $751,500 to 119 programs in the United States and internationally.

Planet Drum To Tour Again

The Planet Drum 2006 Tour reunites Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, Sikiru Adepoju, and Giovanni Hidalgo for a September series of West Coast shows in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the ground-breaking album of that name.  Planet Drum was released in 1991 on the Rykodisc label and went on to earn the first-ever Grammy in the World Music category.  The tour is the groups first in almost a decade.  It also marks the resumption of an artistic relationship – between Mickey Hart and Zakir Hussain – that goes back to the late 1960s.

Black Tie-Dye Ball CD Release Party on 7/20 in NYC

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On November 12, 2005, a group of musicians came together for the first ever NYC Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Bal l Benefit and created a night of incredible musical chemistry.

The Zen Tricksters (Jeff Mattson - lead guitar & vocals, Klyph Black - bass, slide guitar, & vocals, Tom Circosta - rhythm guitar & vocals, Joe Ciarvella - drums) plus special guests : Mickey Hart - vocals & cowbell, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay - vocals, David Nelson - guitar & vocals, Tom Constanten - organ, piano & vocals, Michael Falzarano - guitar & vocals, Rob Barraco - piano, organ & vocals, Greg Anton - drums, David MacKay - bass, and Wendy Lanter - vocals.

Out of this event, The Zen Tricksters and Donna Jean Godchaux realized the music was too good to let go, and they had to continue this journey. So they added Mookie Siegel on keys and included Wendy Lanter on vocals and became: Kettle Joe's Psychedelic Swamp Revue

The last auction raised $7,577.02.

1 of 2 autographed Bobby Items up for auction- for the Grateful Web

Once again the Grateful Web is proud to power the Mimi Fishman Foundation Auctions. Great autographed items from Phil Lesh & Stanley Mouse, Bobby Weir, Jackson Browne & Keller Williams, Jack Johnson, Mike Gordon, Les Claypool and many more!  Also, you'll find VIP Passes to the Gathering of the Vibes festival, String Cheese Incident VIP passes, an original Scramble Campbell artwork and plenty more!

The Black Tie-Dye Ball

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Produced by Donna Jean and David MacKay and The Zen Tricksters

Heart of Gold Records/Zebra Tango

Release date 7/20/06

All proceeds go to the Rex Foundation

11/12/05 The Black Tie-Dye Ball

The New York Society for Ethical Culture

On November 12, 2005, a group of musicians came together for the first ever NYC Rex Foundation Black Tie-Dye Ball Benefit and created a night of incredible musical chemistry.

The band:

The Zen Tricksters: (Jeff Mattson- lead guitar & vocals, Klyph Black - bass, slide guitar, & vocals, Tom Circosta- rhythm guitar & vocals, Joe Ciarvella- drums) Plus special guests: Mickey Hart - vocals & cowbell, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay -vocals, David Nelson- guitar & vocals, Tom Constanten- organ, piano & vocals, Michael Falzarano- guitar & vocals, Rob Barraco - piano, organ & vocals, Greg Anton - drums, David MacKay - bass, and Wendy Lanter -vocals.

Out of this BTDB event, The Zen Tricksters and Donna Jean Godchaux realized  they had to continue this journey. So they added Mookie Siegel on keys and included Wendy Lanter on vocals and became:

KETTLE JOE'S PSYCHEDELIC SWAMP REVUE

http://www.kettlejoespsr.com/

CD RELEASE PARTY AT THE CANAL ROOM NYC 7.20.06

http://www.canalroomlive.com/july20.htm

Party and CD signing (CDs will be available to purchase), KJPSR will perform

This CD will be available through Dead.net (Donna Jean's page and on the Rex Foundation page) http://gdstore.com/

and ALL proceeds from the sale of the CD go to the Rex Foundation.

The Rex Foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.

REX FOUNDATION, P.O. Box 29608, San Francisco, CA 94129-0608, (415)561-3134

REX FOUNDATION AT SUMMER FESTIVALS

These festivals all support the Rex Foundation . Furthering a tradition of grassroots giving...

Mountain Jam - June 3 – 4, Hunter Mountain, NY, featuring:

LODO's First Annual BASS BASH!

Go see some great bass guitar players in Denver!- for the Grateful Web

The Lodo Bass Bash is a non-profit event centered around educational workshops and performaces for bassist of all levels. It is a great opportunity to meet and learn from some of the best bassists in the world, check out some of the latest equipment, and see some of the most amazing performances by the masters of the instrument. There is also the opportunity for registered attendees to win thousands of dollars in giveaways from the sponsors of the event. There will be drawings, free-bee giveaways, and a silent auction!!!

2006 is the First Annual Lodo Bass Bash, and features some of the most amazing bassists from around the world, including, but not limited to:

Send Grateful Web Your Jerry Pictures!

Thanks to Jann L for this picture! Jerry's coming back to the big island (Kona) after a day spent scuba diving. Jann told us Jerry could spend more time under water on one tank than any body else.

If you'd like to share your Jerry pictures, we'll be more than happy to tell your story too. Thanks for sharing, Jann!

thanks,

The Grateful Web

Meniskus and Fraga in Denver

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The Oriental Theater to Host Meniskus and Fraga on Saturday, May 26. Denver, CO.

One of Denver's finest and most up-and-coming venues, The Oriental Theater, will play host to two of our favorite local live acts later this month. Local crowd-pleasers meniskus will join Fraga for a one-night-only show on Saturday, May twenty-sixth at the Oriental.

"We're excited to be back at the Oriental," said violinist and charismatic vocalist Eric Ostberg of meniskus, "and to be there with Fraga, is going to pretty much guarantee that the crowd is going to set some kind of record for non-stop dancing." Live performances by both meniskus and Fraga are well-attended by diverse crowds attracted to the unique sounds of each band.

Doors open at seven PM, show starts at eight.

About The Oriental Theater
The historic Oriental Theater is located at 4335 West 44th Ave in vibrant North Denver. Recent renovations provide the extensive expanse of dance floor space this show will require.

About Meniskus
Originally formed in Boulder, meniskus is currently on a Colorado tour to support the release of "The Wall of Sound" CD. Known for its unique blending of latin and rock rhythms, meniskus features Eric Ostberg on the violin and vocals; Bryan Bardusco on guitar and percussion; and Chris Wright on drums and vocals.  Further information on the meniskus website: http://www.meniskusband.com

About Fraga
Hailing from Boulder, CO, this nine-piece band features members of Cabaret Diosa, and has taken classic 20's & 30's Jazz musical parameters and spread them to the borders of early Cuban and Jamaican music. Fraga also seamlessly weaves Americana elements such as pedal steel, ukulele, and banjo into its unique sound.

For more information, contact:
Eric Singer – booking@meniskusband.com or by phone at 720-838-7700

Visit the website at: http://www.meniskusband.com

$19,578.02 raised for charity in Fishman Auction!

Jon Fishman donating all sorts of great stuff!- for the Grateful Web
Phish 1995 Poster Signed by Entire band!- for the Grateful Web

Mimi Fishman Auction  - The Grateful Web is honored to power the Mimi Fishman auction for more than 5 years!

This time around former Phish drummer Jon Fishman has reached deep into his past to donate many artifacts sure to be of interest to Phish fans.  The charity auction features various pieces of Fishman's drum kits used on tours as well as studio recordings – some dating back to the mid to late 80's.  This impressive list of items includes Jon's first kick drum which was used during the recording of "Junta" as well as early tour dates, his complete road practice kit, as well as many other gems from his equipment while with Phish.  Fishman signed all the items he donated.

This auction is one of special importance to Fishman.  "Since Phish broke up I've finally gotten around to going through all the piles of drum equipment I've accumulated over the years and setting aside the items I no longer need or will ever use again.  There have been a lot of opinions about what I should do with them one way or another, but it's always been clear to me the best thing I could do would be to auction it off through my mother's foundation to help raise money for those she would have been happy to support", says Fishman.

In addition, the auction features a unique item donated by Phish bassist Mike Gordon and his mother Marjorie Minkin (with funds donated to the Triangle Arts Foundation), items signed by Phish, laminates from Phish festivals/tours, as well as other rarities.